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Travels in Indonesia: souvenir shop

Find a souvenir shop in an Indonesian town. Choose craft items such as a traditional rug, porcelain bowl and pottery jug. Talk with a sales person and a local customer. Use cultural knowledge to ask and answer questions politely. This learning object is one in a series of five objects.

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Strange faces

Students explore the artworks of Italian artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo, who lived four hundred years ago. He loved creating artworks out of other objects. He used objects like fruit, vegetables, sea creatures, flowers, bowls, barrels and books. Students create their own artwork in his style.

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Yulunga: ngor-go

A form of spin-ball was played among the lower Tully River people. The spinner was made out of a gourd of the Benincasa vacua. This game was played by women more often than men. It was known among the Mallanpara people of north Queensland as ngor-go, after the name of the gourd used. This activity comprises making and playing ...

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Quilt celebrating Women on Farms Gathering in West Gippsland, 1999

This quilt celebrates the tenth Women on Farms Gathering at Warragul, Victoria, in 1999 and was on display for the duration of the Gathering. It has thirteen quilted and embroidered panels that illustrate many elements of rural life and farming enterprises in the West Gippsland region: a timber forest (representing Powelltown ...

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Whale-tooth scrimshaw showing a blindfolded horseman, 1855-65

This is a scrimshawed and partly hollowed whale's tooth, cream in colour, depicting a blindfolded horseman wearing a cape and a Macedonian helmet. It was carved by Alfred Evans in Australia between 1855 and 1856. The horseman is brandishing a sword while mounted on a raised horse. The item is 65 mm wide.

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Yulunga: koara

In various places accounts have been recorded of leaves being folded into shapes to make a propeller or ‘spinner’ type of toy. The children ran with them or held them into the wind, or they were thrown into the air to drop to the ground. This is an activity using a small propeller (plastic or wood) fixed to the end of an ...

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Hindeloopen style foot stove, 1994

This is a foot stove painted in 'Hindeloopen' style. It is a small portable wooden box, open on one side, and is painted a warm red shade with green base and top. It has floral motifs and other decorations painted on it.

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'Kurdish refugees of the Gulf War', 1992

This is a work of art by Hasan Bagdas that uses paper collage and oil paint to depict Kurdish refugees fleeing chemical warfare during the Gulf War. Paper has been folded and manipulated to create four figures carrying bundles against an arid background. One figure with stick in hand dominates the foreground and there are ...

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'Rainbow over Melbourne', c1955

This is an enamelled picture in three parts, depicting a rainbow above houses with a garden at the bottom, made by Martha Ash around 1955. It measures 72.5 cm wide x 67.2 cm high.

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'Metamorphosis of a saz', c1990-95

This is a mixed media sculpture by Hasan Bagdas, constructed in wood, paper and found objects. The piece represents a kangaroo made from a saz (a Turkish musical instrument), a vacuum cleaner head and leather. Various international images and images from the artist's paintings have been stuck to the body of the sculpture. Found ...

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Dinosaur dig

Students learn about the world of dinosaurs through creative arts. They explore elements of dance to develop coordination skills through movement and actions, as well as music and drama to create characters. They also create a dinosaur themed artwork.

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'My life', 1996

This is a wooden panel carved in bas-relief by Eva Schubert in 1996, depicting her life. The bottom left-hand corner shows children playing and singing, woods and fish in a river. There is a scene of refugees dated 1945, a town scene, and a ship on the ocean, dated 1955. The top part of the carving shows Melbourne, eucalypts, ...

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Weaving shuttle with rollers

This is a wooden 'boat' shuttle used for weaving. It has a simple wooden roller at each end of the shuttle that enables it to pass more smoothly through the 'shed', the space between the warp threads. The dimensions of the shuttle are: length 4.0 cm, width 2.5 cm, height 30.5 cm.

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Hmong banner

This is a banner made by Hmong women from Laos consisting of an embroidered design on blue background, inside a border of blue, grey and white fabric. The embroidery depicts scenes of a farming community and shows men and women, sometimes with children, performing the tasks of sowing, reaping and processing various crops ...

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Water

This is a PDF resource that focuses on the theme of water in Australian artworks, featuring 15 different artworks using various mediums. Each page includes an image, description and context of the artwork, and information about the artist, as well as specific focus questions or key statements that prompt a response to the ...

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Countermarch floor loom, 1945-50

This is a loom made from recycled timber. The loom is fitted together with wooden pegs and steel bolts, and is made up of many pieces, which allow it to be dismantled and reconstructed. Its dimensions are: 1.43 m (length) x 1.70 m (width) x 1.88 m (height).

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Banner depicting a Hmong migration story, c1985-92

This is a banner consisting of an embroidered design on a blue background, inside a border. The embroidery depicts the migration of the Hmong people from their homeland. It shows a village scene with one soldier about to set fire to the huts and others pointing guns at the Hmong. There are scenes depicting work and the ...

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Latvian belt, c1970

This is a woven belt, using traditional Latvian patterns symbolising the morning star. The ornate design indicates it is part of a woman's costume. The dimensions of the belt are 268 cm x 5 cm.

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Latvian fabric, 1995

This is a length of red-coloured fabric, woven in the traditional colours and patterns of the Nica region on the west coast of Latvia. Dimensions: 27.06 cm x 72.5 cm.